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The 2015 Ford F150 Should Yield Ford's First Half Ton Diesel Pickup

Ford truck fans have long been hoping for a diesel powered version of the top selling F150 pickup and with the popularity of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and the plans by both Nissan and Toyota to introduce a diesel – the newest F150 could finally bring a small, powerful and efficient diesel engine to Ford’s half ton truck lineup.

For years now, many people considering a Ford F150 have been hoping to see a diesel engine in the half ton truck lineup as advancements in diesel technology could allow an oil burning F150 to offer very similar working capabilities (hauling, towing) to that of the stronger V8 engine options while still offering incredible fuel economy. For example, the new EcoDiesel in the 2014 Ram 1500 is the most efficient engine option across the entire half ton truck segment in the US while still allowing those fuel friendly pickups to tow nearly as much as the powerful 5.7L Hemi. A mix of fuel economy and power from a diesel powered F150 is exactly what those Ford fans want to see, but the company’s concern about a lack of interest in this premium engine package has caused Ford Motor Company to curb past plans to develop a new half ton diesel mill.

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Like I have said before do you think the leader in trucks is going to sit back with status quo not likely they have not got to where they are by sitting around. They are the leaders for a reason. Ford will put a diesel in this new truck and it will be an in house product just like the diesel in the super duty. Ford is the only North American company to have their own Diesel. Ram of Fiat can't claim that the new cummins is not as reliable as the older versions , Government Motors has an Isuzu motor. Look what this new F150 has done GM is going to struggle to get an aluminum truck out by 2018 their new 2014 trucks are struggling in sales and now they are offering huge discounts to even keep up in sales with the so called dinosaur of the group the current F150 is still leading in sales. And congratulations to all the 8000 people who have bought the eco diesel unproven in our markets and I guess Fiat couldn't come up with a better name I guess the eco in the boost was a catchy name that Fiat liked. Let's face it it is a very competitive segment and finally Fiat and Government Motors have finally realized that Ford is the leader a reason. Fiat had to do something for the Ram because they don't like finishing third all the time.
The EcoDiesel is not hardworking. It has extremely low payloads lbs and hence cannot tow anything. It is Ram that will have to go back to the drawing board if it wants a hardworking fuel efficient half-ton.
With the ridiculous price of Diesel in Canada(15-20 cents a litre more than gas aka 50-75 cents a gallon more) I'll be more than happy sticking with a gas vehicle, especially one that can operate with a 2.7 litre engine. It's too bad Ford didn't make a small truck with a 1.8-2.0 litre engine. That would rule.
You are overlooking the obvious, Ford intoduced a 5 cylinder oil burner on its new Transit van in the US market. Should be a likely candidate for its most important product
I simply will purchase the 1500 Ram vs the Ford 150. Ford is out to lunch on this issue and the Ford 150 with any engine is no match to 29mpg. I test drove the 1500 Ram and it is a nice truck with all the conveniences. Hard to beat.
I am a long time Ford fan, but wow did Ford drop the ball on this one. I have said for years if Ford made a f150 diesel that got 25/30 mpgs they could not manufacture them fast enough for demand. With Dodge and Gm already out with diesels in mid to light duty pickups Ford needs to play catch up fast! I know a lot of people who thought Dodge trucks were a notch below but are driving them now because of he diesel engines and are quite impressed.
From boyhood on, I lived in a "Ford family"; it is what I subsequently bought and operate my machine shop with. This year, Ireplaced one of the 1/2 ton trucks and compared the Ford ecoboost to the Ram EcoDiesel----for reasons driven by fuel economy, I bought the Ram. 430ft lbs below 2000 rpm and it moves my 6k lb trailer with boring confidence, and gets 28-30mpg when not trailering (21 mpg hauling a 6k lb trailer in North GA hills). Ford will need to make similar offeri gs to be competetive; I personally found the Ram to look better than the boxy and angular Ford or GM.

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